2 home invasion suspects caught in Kennewick apartment

Two people are facing home invasion charges after being caught inside a Union Street apartment Tuesday, say police.

Kennewick officers began looking for three men Sunday night after they forced their way into a McKinley Street home about 10 p.m.

The 32-year-old victim knew one of the men, Jonathan S. Ard, 26, but the other two wore masks while pointing a shotgun and pistol at him, said police.

When he didn’t initially follow their orders, he was pistol whipped. They grabbed cash and miscellaneous items before leaving in a light-colored mid-2000s Acura TL. The victim’s injuries were minor, police said.

Police later identified one of the masked men as Seth D. Briggs, 30. The third suspect hasn’t been identified.

Then on Tuesday, someone spotted Ard and Briggs going into a apartment on the 300 block of North Union Street at 7:30 p.m., and police surrounded the building.

After some negotiating over a loudspeaker, the people in the apartment, including the two robbery suspects, came outside.

Ard and Briggs were arrested, and Heaven C. Wilcox, 19, was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

Detectives said they found drugs, a stolen handgun and items from another robbery inside. A stolen car also was found in the parking lot.

Ard and Briggs were booked into Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Ard faces additional possible charges for trafficking stolen property and theft of a vehicle.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.